The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles from North Carolina to Virginia and runs along the spine of the Blue Ridge which is a part of the Appalachian Mountains. The parkway is a scenic drive of breath-taking views no matter what season you travel on its winding roads. You will encounter birds, a variety of wildlife, cascading trees and plants along with the views of long-range vistas, pastures, rocky mountain sides, and winding creeks. It’s a slow paced and relaxing drive with stopping places along the way for hiking, bicycling, picnicking, and camping.
The Primland is a place of beauty that was built to be an eco-conscious retreat on 12,000 acres. The winding drive into the resort is an adventure with the opportunity for wildlife sightings including deer, wild turkeys, pheasant, bears, and much more. The property includes an Inn, treehouses and cabins, fine and casual dining options, a wellness spa, and a whole host of activities. The Primland is most well-known for its golf course and its challenging location on a mountain side. Other activities to keep guests more than occupied and captivated by this resort are horseback riding, RTV trail rides, hunting, archery, tomahawk throwing, disc golf, hiking, watersports, geocaching, biking, tree climbing, and star gazing in the observatory. The Primland is a place to experience even if it is just a day trip for activities or a meal and drinks sitting on the veranda by the large firepit.
Chateau Morrisette is a Virginia winery with a restaurant on the property. Winery tours and tastings are available. The property is dog friendly with inside and outdoor areas to explore. Chateau Morrisette has a variety of wines some of which are named after dogs which are the official mascot of the winery- Our Dog Blue (Riesling) and The Black Dog (Red Wine Blend.) Look at their website to see the many special events and concerts that they host throughout the year.
Historic Mabry Mill is one of the most iconic and most photographed structures on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 1905, Ed & Lizzie Mabry started the process of building the homesite and the grist mill where they later added a sawmill. Often there are demonstrations available to recreate the lifestyle at Mabry Mill - blacksmithing, carding, spinning, basket making, cooking sugar cane, and other traditions. A restaurant with seasonal hours is also on site with a gift shop where food, gift, and craft items can be purchased.
Nancy Galli had a vision, a sweet tooth, and a desire to create jobs for her rural Appalachian community in the Meadows of Dan, VA. A visit her factory candy store is more than just a treat. A huge variety of homemade sweets now made by her company include fudge, chocolates, truffles to a range of hard and soft candies. Find out more from her website and plan a visit to Nancy’s Candy Factory. A great place to satisfy those sweet cravings or purchase gifts for others.
The town of Floyd, VA is a small quaint town which is well known for its large annual music festival, Floydfest. The town center is lined with small shops, artisan’s wares, restaurants, and music venues. The events and festivals this town hosts are too numerous to mention, but include cycle races, herb and plant festivals, the Mayfaire Arts & Crafts Faire, Studio Tours, Artisan Trail Tour, an Auto and Vintage Swap Meet and much much more. See the link to the town’s website and calendars for more information.
Buffalo Mountain Nature Preserve is one of the most significant natural areas in Virginia because it supports 13 rare plants, 3 rare animals, and 6 significant natural communities. A great place to view wildflowers and wildlife. There is a 1-mile hiking trail to the summit which allows for 360-degree views upon arrival. The area is dog friendly, but they must be kept on a leash. High winds can sometimes be an issue at the summit, but a great outing for those that love hiking.
Meadows of Dan has a small town feel with country stores and dining at the center of town, but with more to offer further out. In town, you will find Jane’s Country Café, The Concord Corner Store, Meadows Mercantile which has a year-round Christmas Shop, The Poor Farmer’s Market, Poppy’s, & Nancy’s Candy Factory Store. Other attractions include The Historic Mabry Mill, The Primland Resort, Cockram Mill, High Country Lavender Farm & Shop, Lover’s Leap Scenic Outlook, Fred Clifton Park, and Mayberry Trading Post
Calling all lavender lover’s this is a “Must Stop” shop. Owner Barbara Stringfellow and her husband are delightful. The products and shop are a treat and seeing an actual lavender farm is something most people don’t have the opportunity to see. If you love the products, you can shop online as well.
Just 14 minutes from Caddie’s Creekside Lodge you can learn and experience the beverage of mead which is based on the use of honey. Blacksnake Meadery’s “Sippin Porch” is located in Dugspur, VA and is open seasonally for tastings April – November on Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm. Learn more about this by clicking on the link to their website.
If you are looking for Italian inspired wines, then you can find them at Villa Appalachia located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, VA. A Tuscan style villa on site is the location for tastings which can be enjoyed with bread, olives, and cheese. See their website for seasonal hours.
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